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The Pistons are officially rebuilding.
Wednesday's trade, which sent Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to Memphis, did more than just close the book on the 2004 championship team. It also gives the team the salary-cap space to overhaul the roster and fix the serious mistakes made in recent years.
In the short term, the trade doesn't seem likely to make Detroit a better team. Yes, newly acquired point guard Jose Calderon is one of the best passers in the NBA, which will help get turnovers under control.
But the defense is now highly suspect. With Brandon Knight moving to shooting guard and Kyle Singler at small forward, there will be enormous pressure on Jason Maxiell and Greg Monroe to get stops after opposing players get by the first line of defense.
One way to combat that would be to move Andre Drummond into the starting lineup -- he and Monroe form a defensive wall at the basket -- but that would leave the undersized Maxiell as the only decent defender on a second unit that's already struggling to stop anyone.
So the Pistons will probably get a little better on offense, at least when the starters on the floor, but they'll have a tough time on defense.
That doesn't really matter, though. Detroit's future will be brighter with a lottery pick than it would be sneaking into the No. 8 spot in the East and getting blown out in a first-round series with Miami.
The most likely scenario is, the Pistons will go into the summer with a middle-of-the-lottery pick and the most-precious commodity in the NBA -- cap space.
Detroit is about 10 million over the cap, but they will go back to even as soon as Calderon's salary comes off the books at the end of the season. They will then pick up 25 million by saying goodbye to Corey Maggette (11 million), Rip Hamilton's contract (6 million), Maxiell (5 million) and Will Bynum (3 million).
The Pistons can, and probably will, move that number over 30 million by using the CBA's amnesty clause on Charlie Villanueva's 8 million deal.
They'll have plenty of holes to fill with the money.
With Calderon and Bynum gone, the Pistons will have a huge question mark at point guard. Like Rodney Stuckey before him, Brandon Knight looks more like a shooting guard than Detroit's point guard of the future. Unless Knight can mature into the role during one offseason, Joe Dumars will be trying for a third time to replace Chauncey Billups.
One interesting option, if the Pistons think Knight still has a shot to play the position at a high level, would be to bring in an inexpensive veteran to tutor him. That would leave money to go after a true scorer at shooting guard and let Singler come off the bench.
One obvious free-agent possibility to be Knight's tutor is Billups, who will be looking for work after struggling with injuries in Los Angeles.
Detroit could then go after J.J. Redick, who can actually hit regulars 3-pointers, not Singler's buckets bounced off buildings or thrown from moving vehicles.
The Pistons will probably save their biggest chunk of money to find an impact player at small forward. That role has been filled by Prince for the last decade, but Dumars will be looking for someone who can play alongside Monroe and Drummond, giving Detroit an outstanding frontcourt trio.
Can Dumars recruit a Josh Smith or an Andre Iguodala to come to the Motor City and play for a young, rebuilt team?
The answer to that question will define his future as Detroit's president and general manager. Dumars needs to hit a home run with this cap space, and that means signing at least one high-caliber player.
He can't afford a repeat of what happened the last time he was in this situation. Back then, Dumars couldn't get a big-name player and ended up overpaying for Villanueva and Ben Gordon.
Those signings, and the inability to find a point guard, set Detroit's timetable back by several years, yet Dumars was given another chance because of the ownership turmoil.
New owner Tom Gores likely won't give him a third shot.
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Tayshaun Prince has played his entire career with the Detroit Pistons, so it’d be natural to expect him to run out of the tunnel, just like he has since entering the league in 2002. Earlier today, reports surfaced of a three-team trade that would send Prince to the Memphis Grizzlies. One eager Prince fan apparently didn’t get the memo — fortunately the TV cameras were rolling...
A Tayshaun Prince fan waiting in his jersey for the forward to run out of the Pistons’ tunnel gets confused when he doesn’t see his favorite player among the team. After receiving the information of the trade on his phone, the disappointed fan ditches the jersey before tip-off:
Tweet Long-time Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince, one of the last remaining players from the Pistons 2004 NBA championship roster, was dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday afternoon for Jose Calderon. Once a fan wearing a Prince jersey found out Prince wasn’t coming down the tunnel pre-game, the fan quickly ripped his jersey off. Watch: [...]
Tayshaun Prince came off the bench in his Memphis Grizzlies debut and made his presence felt in 32 minutes. Prince hit 7-of-11 shots for 14 points. He also collected a rebound, three assists and a block. A solid start in Memphis, and I expect the former Piston to slide into the starting lineup after a few games.
Newly acquired forwards Ed Davis and Austin Daye each played five...
By Ron Higgins MEMPHIS -- Even as someone as stoic as pokerfaced Tayshaun Prince could not ignore the enormity of the moment. He had started 798 straight games (695 in regular season, 103 in playoffs) when healthy, dating to 2004-05 for the Detroit Pistons. But here was on Friday night in FedExForum, entering a game for the first time in his 11 NBA seasons not wearing a No...
The dominoes are starting to fall in the Rudy Gay deal, and it looks like the Grizzlies got away with murder. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Detroit Pistons are sending forward Tayshaun Prince to Memphis so they can acquire Jose Calderon who was apart of the Rudy Gay trade.
Not a bad lineup when you add Prince to Gasol, Randolph, Allen, and Conley...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Mike Conley scored 18 points and Tayshaun Prince added 14 in his Memphis debut, including a pair of key fourth-quarter jumpers, as the Grizzlies defeated the Washington Wizards 85-76 on Friday night.
Marc Gasol added 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies, while Tony Allen and Jerryd Bayless finished with 11 points each. Allen also grabbed eight rebounds...
The last remaining member of the 2004 NBA champion Detroit Pistons is apparently gone.
Reports started to surface Wednesday evening -- about an hour before the Pistons' game in Indiana -- that Tayshaun Prince is heading to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a three-team trade. The Grizzlies would also get Pistons forward Austin Daye and send their star swingman, Rudy Gay, to the...
The final remaining piece of the 2004 Championship team is gone.
Wednesday Joe Dumars become involved in a three team trade with Memphis and Toronto that centered around Rudy Gay of the Grizzlies. No the Pistons didn’t acquire Gay, which would have been awesome but they did receive point guard Jose Calderon in the deal who was originally sent to the Grizzlies.
Going to Memphis...
With Jose Calderon coming to Detroit, there’s a question of who will lose out. The Pistons are already pretty guard heavy, so adding another quality guard makes sense. Despite Brandon Knight‘s 7/1/4 line, he has been doing extremely well and should continue to start. Kyle Singler went 5/4/0 (with 2 blocks) has been a bit iffy, but he’s a rookie, and surely Detroit isn’t in...
Well there was good news and bad news depending on how you look at it for the the Pistons Wednesday night in Indianapolis.
The good news?
Joe Dumars was able to send the bloated Tayshaun Prince contract along with an under-performing Austin Daye to Memphis for Jose Calderon and his expiring contract.
The bad news… the Pistons were simply pathetic shooting from the field tonight...
After what felt like a super long road trip out West, the Indiana Pacers finally returned to Banker's Life Fieldhouse to pound the shorthanded (lost Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye in a trade) Detroit Pistons 98-79, snapping a 3-game losing streak to begin a long home-stretch with just a single road game until Feb. 23.
Not much to say except it was good to see the Pacers...
The Memphis Grizzlies, playing for the first time after trading away Rudy Gay, get set to face the Thunder in Oklahoma City tonight. While the Gay swap for Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince, and Austin Daye saves the tea money and improves depth in the long-run, they’ll be fairly depleted in tonight’s match-up.
AccuScore has the Thunder as heavy favorites with 87.3 percent chance at...